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Under The Right Conditions Our Sun Could Produce An Enormous Superflare

It's the end of the world as we know it<p>Solar flares are gorgeous, but the delicate fiery loops that we've observed during humanity's brief study of the sun are nothing compared to what other, similar stars are up to.<p>In a recent paper, researchers detail their observations of 'superflares' on a …

An Electromagnetic Arms Race Has Begun: China Is Making Railguns Too

A Chinese defense contractor may be on its way to key breakthroughs in railgun weaponry.<p>Railguns are one of the potential game-changing weapons of future war. Instead of using the power of chemical explosives such as gunpowder, a railgun uses electromagnetic force to propel projectiles to …

Einstein's Unfinished Dream: Marrying Relativity to the Quantum World

<i>Don Lincoln is a senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermilab, the U.S.' largest Large Hadron Collider research institution. He also</i> …

Parasitic worm 'increases women's fertility'

<b>Infection with a species of parasitic worm increases the fertility of women, say scientists.</b><p>A study of 986 indigenous women in Bolivia indicated a lifetime of <i>Ascaris lumbricoides,</i> a type of roundworm, infection led to an extra two children.<p>Researchers, writing in the journal Science, suggest the …

Lucara mining firm attracts many inquiries to buy 1,111-carat gem but says stone not yet valued as it’s too big for onsite equipment and must be flown to Antwerp<p>The Canadian mining company which this week unearthed the world’s largest diamond in more than a century says it cannot put a value on the …

South Africa

China Still Has the World's Most Powerful Supercomputer

China leads the world once again when it comes to supercomputing.<p>The country’s Tianhe-2 (or “Milky Way-2”) supercomputer is the most powerful machine …

9 Fascinating Facts About The Microbiome, The Trillions Of Microbes Hidden Inside Us

The still-mysterious ecosystem of bacteria living inside you determines an incredible amount about your health–and your personality.<p>“Bacteria are living things. They are not trying to hurt you. They are not trying to help you. They are just trying to stay alive, like the rest of us.”<p>So begins the …

Around the World in 12 Noodle Dishes—From Ramen to Saimin

Food is best when enjoyed with a side of authenticity: Unfortunately, you can’t order a side portion of tropical-Thailand-humidity or Bangkok-bustle in, say, New York City. A dish can tell you so much about a place. It’s more of an experience than just a meal–it's an entry point into a culture, …

Nigerian professor claims to have solved 156 year old maths problem

Dr Opeyemi Enoch believes he has solved one of the seven millennium problems in mathematics<p>A Nigerian professor has claimed to have solved a maths conundrum that had stumped scholars for more than 150 years.<p>Dr Opeyemi Enoch, from the Federal University in the ancient city of Oye Ekiti, believes he …

Mathematics

NASA, Russia working together again on a mission to explore Venus

Mission may allow NASA to land for the first time on the planet closest to Earth.<p>After more than a year on ice due to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, …

How a year in space changes bodies

Astronauts are spending a year aboard the International Space Station, and researchers are looking at what happens to their bodies at the molecular …

Space Exploration

'Stretch Marks' on Phobos Show Martian Moon Is Falling Apart

Long, thin "stretch marks" on the surface of Phobos are early signs that the Martian moon is falling apart, new research suggests.<p>Phobos is a tiny …

Scott Kelly Breaks U.S. Record for Most Time Spent in Space

U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly has set a new record for the most days spent in space by an American, marking October 16 as his 383rd day spent off …

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look.<p>In the Northern hemisphere’s sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings …

University of California

What elephants can teach scientists about fighting cancer in humans

You've heard that elephants never forget, but did you know they almost never get cancer either?<p>It turns out just 4.8% of known elephant deaths are related to cancer. For humans, cancer-related deaths are between 11% and 25%, scientists say.<p>The low cancer rate among elephants is particularly …

Cancer

Photograph: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI<p>A high-resolution image of Pluto taken by New Horizons shows small features, from craters to faulted mountain blocks, to the texted surface of the vast basin informally called Sputnik …

Solar System

China Reveals Flying Robot Car

Jetsons meets Google Car<p>AVIC, the leading Chinese aviation conglomerate, unveiled a flying robot car during the September 2015 Third China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin. The Swift Gazelle (Sai Ling in Mandarin Chinese) currently weighs 100 kg, and uses its six side-mounted, digitally controlled …

NASA Releases Apollo Moon Mission Photos: Pictures

5 questions as Pope Francis summons bishops for synod on 'family'

<b>Rome (CNN) —</b> Hundreds of Catholic bishops from around the world are meeting in the Vatican this month, invited by Pope Francis to debate the Catholic Church's position on "the family."<p>At the Vatican these days, talking about "the family" inevitably means talking about sex, including …

Jaw-dropping images give us a first glimpse of Mars' liquid water

For years, a team of NASA scientists had pondered over the enigmatic dark streaks lining the inner and outer faces of craters on the Martian surface, shown below.<p>But no longer.<p>NASA announced the answer to the conundrum Monday: The streaks are evidence of flowing water.<p>Most mysterious about these …

These creepy photos of the International Space Station at night will remind you of Alien

Gerst, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut from Germany, took the photos during a six-month mission last year that ended in November.<p>He's been shooting his surroundings while working at ISS and these pictures are a spooky insight into the research centre after hours, capturing the silent, …

Pope Francis Spends a Day in New York City: Pictures

Sustainable Development

Engineers Create A Titanium Rib Cage Worthy Of Wolverine

At first glance, the metallic device almost looks like a high-tech bike pedal. Or maybe the latest cooking gadget for zesting lemons. Or, perhaps, it's a secret weapon for X-Men superhero Wolverine.<p>But look again.<p>Doctors in Spain say this is the world's first 3-D-printed rib cage, made entirely …

For decades, brain surgeons have struggled to identify cancerous tissue precisely. Could one of the world’s most deadly scorpions come to their aid?<p>In 2004, Dr Richard Ellenbogen prepared to operate on a 17-year-old girl. The operation, to remove a brain tumour, was particularly challenging because …

Cancer

Queen Elizabeth Becomes Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch

Prince Charles

This 'Swiss Army Knife of jackets' is the most highly funded piece of clothing in Kickstarter history

The BauBax jacket isn't your typical piece of outerwear.<p>Dubbed the "Swiss Army Knife of jackets," the BauBax has 15 features to simplify your life in ways you hadn't imagined.<p>The jacket has everything from a built-in neck pillow and eye mask to pockets for your iPad, passport, and portable charger. …

27 movies you have to see this fall

From book adaptations and Matt Damon being left on Mars, to two movies about Steve Jobs, here are 27 titles you shouldn't miss this fall.

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After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

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